Toronto Maple Leafs vs New York Islanders - Game Report - Feb 28, 2019

Nabeela Damji
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Thursday, February 28, 2019


Islanders fans booed John Tavares mercilessly in his first return since leaving the team to join Toronto in the summer.

The problem was: he didn’t show up.  Neither did the Leafs apparently.

The Islanders got goals from five different players as they trampled the Leafs 6-1 at home on Thursday.

Casey Cizikas scored twice for the Isles who had lost three of their last four, while Cal Clutterbuck and Jordan Eberle each had two assists in the win.

Robin Lehner stopped 34 shots to help New York move two points ahead of the Capitals for top spot in the Metropolitan division.

Zach Hyman scored the only goal for the Leafs while Garret Sparks made 31 saves.

Hyman opened the scoring burying a loose puck from a deflection off Mitch Marner with 6:27 left in the first for his 14th goal of the year to give the Leafs a 1-0 lead.

After that, it was all Islanders.

Lee made it 2-1 at 4:49 of the second with his team-leading 22nd goal of the year with a 2-on-1 rush with Nelson.

Hyman appeared to score again to tie it but after review, it was deemed offside.

Cizakis scored his first of the night shorthanded stealing the puck from Tyler Ennis along the boards beating Sparks five-hole to make it 3-1 with 6:20 left in the second.

Filppula extended the lead to three burying a loose puck with a minute left in the second for his 13th of the year. 

Cizakis’s second goal came when he tipped the puck past Sparks a quick 33 seconds into the third to make it 5-1.  This was his 19th of the year and seventh goal in the past eight games.

Nelson netted his 20th off a pass from Eberle to make it 6-1